Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras Group
Update on Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras GroupMileny is a member of the Las Luchadoras Women's Bank. She is 29 years old, married, and has two children who attend primary school. Her husband works as a seasonal laborer on a banana plantation for minimum wage. She is a hardworking woman whose main job is raising chickens. In addition she makes cakes for birthdays and other celebrations for neighbours to help bring in a little more money.
This is Mileny's third loan, and she plans to use it to buy chickens and feed. Her previous loans helped her consolidate her business and support not only her children through school, but also Mileny herself. She is attending night school in order to complete her secondary education.
She has many hopes for the future. She would like to improve her family's standard of living, and she would like to go to university.
Mileny, Connie, and six other women are the members of this group. They are going to use the loans in their businesses or in cattle raising.
Previous Loan DetailsConnie is a very young, 22-year-old woman. She is the mother of a little girl who is only one year old. She lives with her partner in a small house they built with a lot of effort. She raises and sells chickens for a living and she will invest her loan in the purchase of chickens and chicken f... More from Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras Group's previous loan »
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In Costa Rica, funding for microfinance institutions is hard to come by, and many institutions find themselves having difficulty growing and reaching all the demand for loans that exist. Kiva works with Fundacion Mujer because it attends a very marginalized population in Costa Rica, with a specific focus on women. In addition to the loan, Fundacion Mujer provides specialized training programs for their borrowers on everything from computer classes to salon training. Because of the difficulty in obtaining capital in Costa Rica, Fundacion Mujer cannot serve all the women that need loans. Therefore Kiva plays a unique role in helping Fundacion Mujer grow its portfolio and reach borrowers it otherwise would not be able to.
About Fundacion Mujer:Fundación Mujer is an organization specializing in the financial and personal development of female entrepreneurs in Costa Rica. They seek to reach underserved populations that may include indigenous communities, immigrants, refugees, victims of domestic violence or women living with HIV/AIDS. Fundación Mujer offers courses in both business and personal development, as well as training in concrete skills such as sewing and other crafts.
Concurrent and Successive Loans
Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.
This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
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